Children and teens can have fun and earn prizes while keeping their reading skills sharp with free summer reading programs at the White Salmon Valley Community Library.
Children up to 12 years old can register to receive "Make a Splash: READ!" summer reading materials that include an activity booklet, reading log and events schedule. For the first five hours of reading logged, participants can visit the library to receive a certificate of achievement and a prize.
Completion of each additional five hours of reading earns another prize (while supplies last) plus a gold certificate seal.
For teens 12-19 years old by Aug. 31, the 2010 "Make Waves at Your Library" program offers a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card for every 10 hours of reading recorded in a journal (up to four cards), or entry into a drawing for a grand prize. Grand prizes include iPods, video cameras, mountain bikes, Nintendo wii, netbook computers and electric guitars.
The top two teen readers at the White Salmon Valley Community Library will also earn savings bonds valued at $200 and $100 donated by Helping Hands.
In addition to earning exciting prizes for every five hours of reading, don't forget to join library workers every Friday starting June 11 and continuing through August 6 for some great special programs for the whole family.
Here's the line-up:
June 11, 6-8 p.m. -- Summer Reading Kick-Off: Enjoy Nintendo Wii, board games, pizza, crafts and more.
June 18, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. --Creature Feature: Hands-on, educational presentation of live reptiles.
June 25, 11 a.m. -- Neonman: Glow-in-the-dark, flexible, juggling stick figure.
July 9, 11 a.m. -- Science Blow-Out: Hands-on experiments and exploration stations.
July 16, 11 a.m. outside at Bingen City Park -- Border Collies International.
July 23, 11 a.m. -- Knights of Veritas: Thrilling demonstrations of historical combat techniques.
July 30, 11 a.m. -- Charlie the Noiseguy: A shower of splashy stories and slobbery sounds.
Aug. 6, 11 a.m. -- Superheroes to the Rescue! Create a cool costume for your alter ego.
The youngest of readers can enjoy a summer full of library storytimes! Preschoolers age 3-6 are invited to "Five Little Monkeys" with stories, songs, and action every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. beginning June 15 and continuing through August 17.
Toddler storytime, filled with stories, songs, puppets, and lots of movement resumes on June 9 and continues every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:35 a.m.
In 2009, 16,248 children and teens signed up for FVRL's summer reading programs, reading a total of 210,071 hours and earning 38,807 prizes.